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The Walking Dead Psychology Book Signing

The Walking Dead Psychology book coverCome to the Library on between 9 am and 12 noon on Monday, Oct. 12, for a free The Walking Dead Psychology book signing given by author Patrick O'Connor, a COD alum and adjunct professor.

About the book:

The characters of The Walking Dead live in a desolate post-apocalyptic world, filled with relentless violence and death. In reality, how would such never-ending trauma affect the psyche? By understanding the psychological forces that drive the series' action, fans can better grasp this compelling fictional universe. In 19 chapters from a range of esteemed contributors, this book addresses these and many other questions in a way sure to fascinate the millions of passionate readers and viewers.

Author bio:

Dr. Patrick O’Connor is a College of DuPage alum and adjunct professor of psychology at COD. In addition to writing on geek culture and psychology, he also frequently presents at major conventions, including San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, C2E2, Chicago Comic Con, PAX East, and more.

More information:

To find out more about Zombies, see the Library's Zombie Research Guide.

SmartPrint @COD

SmartPrint logoThe Library's old printing system has been replaced by SmartPrint, a new web-based system that allows you to easily manage your print jobs in the Library and elsewhere at COD.

Highlights include:

  • No more print cards
  • Pay with cash or credit/debits cards
  • Web-based account management at
  • Scan documents and send them directly your e-mail accounts
  • You can print from your own device (laptop, phone, tablet)
  • You can exchange your old Library print cards and credit for new SmartPrint credit (up until Fall 2016)

Quick facts:

  • The Library has four Black & White printers, two Black & White copiers, and one Color printer/copier
  • Printers are set to print double-sided by default
  • Letter size black and white single-side price is $0.05/page
  • Letter size black and white duplex price is $0.09/sheet
  • Letter size color price is $0.17/page

Getting started:

Download detailed instructions here

  • Visit and use your myACCESS login credentials to create an online account.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the “Add Funds” link displayed next to your account balance. The minimum amount for an online transaction is $5.
  • At the print release stations, students use their myACCESS login credentials to view and release their documents.
Community Users
  • Create a guest account by going to
  • Once there, use the “I am a guest” link in the lower left-hand corner of the login page to create the account
  • Use your personal e-mail account to complete the registration process.
  • Log into the Smart Print system using the e-mail address and password used to create your account

Printing from Your Own Device

Smart Print enables everyone to print from laptops, phones, or tablets on the go. To submit a print job, COD students and Faculty/Staff members need to email their documents to or from their COD accounts.

For community users, the recipients are the same. Community members just need to remember to send files from the personal e-mail address connected to your SmartPrint account.
All users can use the cash kiosk in the Library Print Center to add money to accounts using paper money (coins not accepted). The kiosk will not provide change. The minimum amount of fund that can be added using the cash kiosk is $1.

For more information, stop by the Library Print Center or call us at (630) 942-2671.

Student Volunteers Needed: Shape the Future of COD's Online Learning

Hey, students--shape the future of the College's online teaching and learning!


If you have ever completed an online course at COD, we want you to test out 3 online learning platforms:

  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Desire2Learn

Then give your opinion of what online learning should be by participating in:

  • Surveys
  • Roundtable Talks
  • An Interview

Complete the whole program, you'll get:

  • Gift cards
  • Free food


  • Thursday, June 18 12-2pm (w/ free lunch!)
  • BIC 3401

Learn more here:

System Downtime, June 12 - June 15

System outageBeginning Friday, June 12, at 5 pm, the COD Library will be part of a state-wide library system upgrade that will affect many of our online services. Until the end of the upgrade process on Monday, June 15 at 8 am, the Library's catalog search tools, Library databases (from off-campus), and I-Share services will be unavailable. This means you will not be able to search the catalog, use databases from off-campus, or place I-Share requests.

However, Library in-person services will remain available including access to databases on-campus, reference services, and in-person checkout (you must have your Library card or student ID with you to check items out).

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have questions about this downtime, please stop by the Reference Desk, call us at (630) 942-3364, or Ask A Librarian.

From the Archives: Remembering Kent State

On May 4, 1970, a scheduled antiwar rally at Kent State University in Ohio turned tragic when a troop of National Guardsmen opened fire on the protestors, wounding nine and killing four students. Directly after, during the month of May, more than 1200 colleges and universities demonstrated against the war and the shootings. At College of DuPage, approximately 250 students and faculty gathered on West Campus on May 7, 1970, to protest the U. S. involvement in Cambodia. The following day, a service was held and four trees were planted as a memorial to the slain students.

Images: COD Library Archives

Courier newspaper article

COD students gather

Courier newspaper article

Memorial trees planting ceremony

Valentines for Vets

The COD Photo Club and photography students are pleased to present "Valentines for Veterans" --FREE Portraits for ALL Military Families (Active, Reserve and Retired Servicemen and Women
are all welcome to participate).

Please email JoAnn Hartley at to make your appointment.


Technology for Checkout

Blue snowball microphoneDid you know COD students, faculty, and staff can checkout a wide variety of technology including laptops, multimedia peripherals, and other devices from the COD Library? Visit our Technology for Checkout page and find out what we have available and how you can get it in your hands today!

Photo credit: Sergey Galyonkin (CC BY-SA 2.0)

E-books @ the Library

ebooks at the libraryDid you know the Library provides free access to thousands of academic e-books in nearly 20 different e-book collections? Search our e-book collections to find titles covering everything from science to technology to the humanities.

You can also find e-books in our main catalog--just limit to the "eBook" format on the left-hand side of your search results:

E-book limit selection
If you have questions about our e-book collections, see the E-book FAQ page or Ask A Librarian.


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